One of the greatest powers that Americans hold is the power to guide and influence their community’s future by casting their vote.
As business leaders, the importance of that power cannot be emphasized enough. As citizens, we have the responsibility to voice into the electoral process and cast our vote for the candidate we feel will be a good steward of our community. We hope for someone who is fiscally prudent and socially responsible. One who is open to feedback and actively seeks input from the community they serve.
As a business owner, you hope for all of this. You also expect a leader that will consider the economic impact of their actions. One who will strive to assist a healthy economy and is open to dialogue around the unintended consequences of legislation.
It is important that business leaders be an active voice in community governance. We all hope for a healthy, vibrant community. It is imperative to have a healthy economic ecosystem. A healthy economic ecosystem has job opportunities and employers who are committed to the community, and value their employees and pay a competitive wage.
A healthy economic ecosystem has a workforce who is not only educated but qualified. It has an education system that is producing students who are ready for the job market, as well as higher education. A healthy economic ecosystem is serving all segments of the community whether they be at-risk or the advantaged. A healthy economic ecosystem provides choice in how you live, work and play.
A healthy economic ecosystem is the result of an active and engaged citizenry focused on creating a community that reflects its values. The easiest, most direct way to drive a thriving community is by voting.
The perspective of a business owner or entrepreneur is often overlooked when it comes to policy creation or legislation.
It is critical to understand the long-term impact of decisions on the economic health of a community. The economic health of a community is what determines the resources for how a community can be served. This is why advocacy is such an important part of our mission. The Chamber acts as the voice of business and creates the platform to open dialogue between business and those elected to serve us.
I challenge you to vote on Nov. 6. I challenge you to open the dialogue with your employees on the importance of voting. Be a part of the process. Remember, we are not a government of the majority, but a government of the majority of those who voted.
• Mary Margaret Maule is president of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.